I am very sensitive to noise. I’m not just referring to screaming kids, loud TVs,and blaring music, but also subtle “white noise” that we sometimes don’t even realize is there. For instance, whenever we hop into a hot car ( and it’s always hot this time of the year), my husband immediately cranks the AC up full blast. I want it cool as fast as he does, but the noise of the loud fan really agitates me. I can’t relax until that noise is reduced. As soon as possible, I turn it down several notches, and I feel an instant sense of relief.
While sitting in a meeting this past week, I had an experience that spoke to me about things much more sensitive than my eardrum. I was really engaged in what the speaker was sharing when some low-grade static emitting from the sound system suddenly stopped. Instantly, I felt calmer and was able to even more fully engage with the speaker. And the funny thing is, I HADN’T EVEN REALIZED THERE WAS STATIC UNTIL IT STOPPED. Actually, I should say I didn’t consciously realize there was static; on some level I was aware and must have been inwardly fidgeting trying to figure out what was wrong.
This incident got me to thinking. How often is God speaking to me, and I either can’t hear Him at all or I cannot fully engage because I am agitated and distracted by “white noise” in my spirit?
We desperately need to hear the voice of God on a consistent basis. In fact, Jesus said that His speaking is sustaining and life-giving, that we can’t live by bread alone (i.e., on food for the body only) but we also live by hearing what God has to say to us.* The Psalmist said something similar: “…if you [God] remain silent [if you don’t talk to me, then] I will be like those who go down to the pit [the dead].”** If God’s not talking to us, then we’re lifeless and spiritually lethargic.
Obviously, God does talk (I’ve never heard Him audibly, but His communication is undeniable). For sure, the whole static-from-the-sound-system moment was an instance of God speaking to me. It was unmistakable. God was getting my attention. He wants me to get rid of the static that distracts and agitates and keeps me from peacefully, wholeheartedly, undistractedly engaging with Him. That’s the obvious message. Now to discover what the static in my spirit is—how to identify it, how to turn it off, how to live constantly “tuned-in” to the voice of God even when I’m outwardly busy.
So God has shown me the issue; now on to the next phase of discovery. Never a dull moment!
Only two more days before the finale of this first 30-day challenge. If you would like to join me on another 30-day challenge in August, be thinking of what your challenge will be. Change is hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch!